I’m excited to announce the start of our new blog series, “Get Growing,” where each week we’ll walk through the benefits and how-to’s of gardening. It will all lead up to my favorite part, harvesting and eating from the garden!
This week’s post is all about remembering how awesome gardening is. There are numerous benefits for both children and adults alike, but for me, gardening in a pandemic has really brought to light how valuable of a resource gardening can be for so many aspects of wellbeing.
Creates a Sense of Accomplishment and Responsibility
Tending to a garden, watering, weeding, harvesting and all the other necessary garden maintenance activities, provide natural opportunities to let kids take responsibility for meaningful tasks and can create a sense of accomplishment as seeds sprout and food begins to grow.
Teaches the Importance of being Respectful and Mindful
A garden can also show kids the importance of respecting and nurturing another living being. From gently harvesting green leafy vegetables to taking care not to step on tiny sprouts, being present in the moment and paying attention to the surrounding world can take practice and patience.
More Time Outside and Positive for Mental Health
It’s been shown, both scientifically and anecdotally (see happy smiles below), that gardening and being outside in general, can boost a person’s mood. Reconnecting with plants and nature decreases stress, bolsters resilience and especially in a time when virtual learning is the norm, offers a much needed respite from screen time.
Physical Activity and Fun
Squatting, pulling, twisting, and reaching are all natural body movements performed in the garden. The maintenance and tasks required to tend to a garden are great ways to get kids active and as an added bonus, it’s a lot of fun!
Promotes Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Gardening is an easy way to talk to kids about nutrition and the importance of eating your veggies. Even the pickiest of eaters seem to magically become adventurous when it comes to eating right out of the garden.
Have I convinced you to garden this spring? We’re currently in our construction season which means we’re actively helping schools start and/or expand their schoolyard garden.
Please contact us if you’re interested in learning more and stay tuned for next week’s post all about building a schoolyard garden!